Deputies are asking for help to identify a gunman who robbed a Fruitville Road gas station early Friday morning.
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Shell station at 5100 Fruitville Road, at 3:30 a.m. Friday after reports of a man wearing a dark shirt and mask coming up to a store employee who was outside at the time with a handgun and leading them at gunpoint into the store. Then, he demanded cash, according to officials.
After taking an undisclosed amount of money from the cash drawer, the man took off westbound on Fruitville Road. Deputies and Venice Police Department K-9 units tried to find the man but were not successful.
No one was injured in the robbery.
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The suspect was described as a man in his mid-30s with an average build, standing approximately 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds, according to the sheriff’s office. He was wearing work gloves, a dark t-shirt with a light-colored long sleeve shirt underneath it and a t-shirt wrapped around his face.
Surveillance cameras in the store captured video of the suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sarasota County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations at 941-861- 4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366- TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).